Group petitions to have Newton Falls income tax on ballot

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WKBN) — One way Newton Falls leaders indicated they can help bridge a gap in the police department’s budget is to rescind the village’s “forgiveness tax.”

That means residents who work the village will have to pay a 1 percent income tax to Newton Falls, in addition to paying income tax in the municipality where they work. Council voted last week to rescind the tax.

A group of citizens dropped off petitions with more than 300 signatures on Monday to let the people decide whether or not they think the tax is a good idea.

“I wouldn’t have any problem in paying 1 percent, as long as I didn’t have to pay another 2 or 3 percent to the city that I work in. It’s a tax hike, without an expression of the will of the people,” said resident Werner Lange. “There is obviously fiscal fragility in Newton Falls, but that could be due to mismanagement, it could be due to ineffective governing, it certainly isn’t due to the citizens not paying enough taxes.”

Lange said they brought a similar petition to the Village Clerk in 2012, which was the first time council acted to rescind this tax credit. However, the signatures did not make it to the Board of Elections before the deadline, and the issue was not on the ballot.

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